Pertussis and Tdap Vaccine
Pertussis (whooping cough) is a highly contagious bacterial disease that can be spread by coughing. People with pertussis have severe coughing attacks that can last for months. Infants too young for vaccination are at greatest risk for life-threatening cases of pertussis.
Make sure that you have been vaccinated against pertussis. Booster doses are needed throughout life because protection after pertussis vaccine or disease wears off over time.
- Young children need five doses of DTaP by kindergarten (ages 4 to 6).
- The Tdap booster is a requirement for students entering the 7th grade in California.
- Pregnant women are recommended to receive a Tdap booster during their third trimester of each pregnancy, even if they got it before pregnancy.
- Adults are also recommended to receive a Tdap booster, especially if they are in contact with infants or are health care workers, but most adults have not yet received Tdap.
- Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) recommendations for DTaP and Tdap vaccines.
Contact your Primary Care Physician to discuss how to obtain pertussis vaccine.